I have a great love of all things relating to surfing. Anything involving a board – boardsports if you will. Surfing is the hardest because you have to paddle out against the surf and capture the wave. Wakeboarding is the easiest because the boat picks you up everytime you fall or end a ride. Everything else is somewhere in between.
I work as a Snowboard Instructor at the Oglebay Resort in Wheeling WV and at 7 Springs in Champion PA. This season I got to work with a group of 13 Pittsburgh Area Boy Scouts in pursuit of their Snow Sports/Snowboarding Merit Badge. This 5 Week Program was very rewarding because we got to see these guys progress over a compressed time period.
Steve Draper, Nathan Tedjeske and I got to work hands on to get these guys down the hill in grand style. We started with the basic elements of riding: Balance, Edging, Rotation and Pressure. Using the terrain and specific riding drills these elements were reinforced with Instructor Feed Back and Riding Analysis.
Here is a short ten minute video of our last day:
I took some photos and have them posted on my Public Facebook Page also:
Please call Oglebay @ 304-243-4049 or 7 Springs Resort @ 800-452-2223 and Request Me for a Private Lesson. I specialize in Video Analysis.
My first TV Interview was with Steve Caballero in 1985 in Raleigh NC at the Endless Grind Skateboarding Competition. I invited my surfing friend and former world champion free-style skateboarding champion Reggie Barnes to our TV Studios at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill for my Senior Project. I began producing Surfing Segments for ESPN in conjunction with Surfer Magazine in 1987.
During the 90s I produced a series of Feature Length Action Sport Films called East Coast Motions. Volume II, Hatteras Surf Feast was released internationally and funded a winter at Snowshoe WV and the creation of Volume III, “Cheat Mountain Shredders”. I began producing and streaming video for the internet in 1997 and actively used, the Action Sports Industry to market and brand one of the First International Internet Services.
My love of Digital Media has led to work with MTV, Hurley and Monster Energy. I have a passion for production and an eye for detail that crosses all demographics. My TV Program, Eastern Extreme gives me the opportunity to mentor and work with many independent and up and coming photographers. Many of my Action Sports Segments air on Havoc TV.
The Wheeling Rotary Club Recognized at Wheeling Skate Park Dedication Ceremony
Wheeling City Officials and Wheeling Skate Park Committee Members hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the Wheeling Skate Park on Sunday, October 21st. The generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations like the Wheeling Rotary Club helped get the park funded and built.
Wheeling Rotary Club member, Bryan Murray signed on with the Wheeling Skate Park Committee in 2004. This grass-roots group had big dreams and little money for the daunting $330,000 project. Murray approached then Rotary Club President, John Egan McAteer about getting the Rotary Club involved. A committee was formed that included Bryan Murray, Dick Koehler, John Morrsion and John Egan McAteer.
The committee met regularly and worked behind the scenes to get more of the business community in support of the skate park. The Wheeling Rotary Club held a celebrity waiter event, collected donations and used existing club funds to raise money for the project. They were able to double the donation with a matching District Simplified Grant. The funds were donated to the project in 2006 as the Wheeling Rotary Club’s Centenial Project. The Rotary Club’s involvement, city funding and a myriad of other donations helped the Wheeling Skate Park Committee get a subsequent matching federal grant to make the park possible.
Doc Couture led the Eastern Surfing Association from 1972 until his death in 1989. He was a tireless advocate of the sport and the Mike Marsh Scholarship Program continues to this day. I was the first recipient of this scholarship and credit Doc for instilling a sense of giving and sharing my love of surfing with others through my media work.
Fun and excitement abounds @ Bugle Hill Farm when the snow arrives. Getting the chores done with help from Mother Nature. Joanie rides the horse bedding down the hill and Bryan launches off of the Clearview Kicker.
The first real winter swell is a celebrated event.
I wanted to thank the many surf-journalists that have picked up the torch. It is awesome to see wall to wall coverage of the Outer Banks Surf Scene. To those of you lucky enough to participate, know that there are many of us that wish we could join you. Keep up the great work.
This clip was from one of those many classic winter swells of years gone by and features a solid crew of Outer Bankers.
The 1985 Record Bar Pro-Am in Wrightsville Beach NC brought in the world’s best surfers to the East Coast. A nearby tropical storm brought in some great surf and the locals turned out in large number to cheer them on!
This was my senior project at UNC-Chapel Hill. Many thanks to everyone that helped, including Reggie Barnes for letting my TV Production Class run him through some free-style moves at Swain Hall.We coined the phrase “Street-Style” during this production and scored some great footage of the World’s Top Professional Surfers in some East Coast Hurricane Surf. The Wrightsville Beach locals were great help especially the late Ed Mannuel.
Back then there were not too many video camera’s around. I borrowed an industrial grade 1/2″ machine and then dubbed the footage to 3/4″ to edit on the schools old top loaders.
It was cool to meet and hang out with all the surf pros. We got to spend a lot of time with Cheyne Horan, Brad Gerlach and Mark Occhilupo. The soundtrack is original to some musician friends that actually jammed to the footage.
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My friend photographer Ward Callum and I worked hard to get lots of pictures to submit for this article. It was published in the December Issue of 1985. At the time I was studying Mass Media @ Chapel Hill and this was a good score to account for my missing classes for surfing.
Surfer Magazine collected photographs from a variety of other sources as well. It was written by Mickey Bednarek of Wave Riding Vehicles. During this time period the Outer Banks surf scene was very underground and not on the national radar at all. Mickey does a great job of explaining the pros and cons that the exposure would bring. I was fortunate to have them select a photograph of me as well.